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Creative workplace: instrumental and symbolic support for creativity

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Title:Creative workplace: instrumental and symbolic support for creativity
Author(s):Yuri Martens, (Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, London, UK)
Citation:Yuri Martens, (2011) "Creative workplace: instrumental and symbolic support for creativity", Facilities, Vol. 29 Iss: 1/2, pp.63 - 79
Keywords:Office layout, Workplace
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/02632771111101331 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Acknowledgements:This paper is the result of research towards a PhD at the Bartlett School of Graduate Studies UCL and is supervised by Professor Alexi Marmot and Professor Alan Penn. The author is thankful to his supervisor Professor Alexi Marmot for her critique and support.

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to gain insight into the relationship between the physical workplace and creativity.

Design/methodology/approach – The paper summarises literature from business management, psychology, environmental psychology and facility management to define creativity, creative process and determinants of creativity, and their subsequent relations with the physical workplace. It describes a set of interviews with creative professionals on their understanding of the creative workplace.

Findings – The review of the literature reveals knowledge gaps and fragmentation in research about the relation between creativity and the physical workplace. The interviews provide further insight into the relationship between creativity and the physical workplace, showing its plurality and complexity.

Originality/value – Most of the literature about creativity and physical workplace reports on supporting communication. Creativity research is broad and recognises culture, process and activities as creative thinking and moments of insight, which can be supported with the physical workplace.

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